How to Disable a Dell Latitude Touchpad Mouse

by Dave Wilson

Laptops feature a number of ways to control the mouse cursor, including the pointer stick, touch pad and external mouse. For Dell Latitude laptops that feature a touchpad, you might experience problems in which the heel of your hand faintly grazes the touchpad, causing the cursor to jump or move around the screen when typing, or even resulting in deleted text. Disable the Dell Latitude laptop touchpad to avoid moving the mouse cursor while typing.


Plug the computer mouse into the mouse PS/2 or USB port on the side of the computer. Click the "Start" button on the Windows 7 desktop, then click "Control Panel."


Double-click "Mouse Properties," then click the "Dell Touchpad" tab. Click the "Device Select" icon in the window page that displays.


Click the "Disable" radio button under the "Touchpad" label. Click the "Apply" button, then click the "OK" button to save the settings.

About the Author

Dave Wilson has been writing technical articles since 1993, including manuals, instructional "how-to" tips and online publications with various websites. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and has Microsoft, Cisco, and ISC2 (CISSP) technical certifications. He also has experience with a broad range of computer platforms, embedded systems, network appliances and Linux.

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